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How to buy Westlake Chemical Corporation stock

Learn how to easily invest in Westlake Chemical Corporation stock.

Westlake Chemical Corporation is a specialty chemicals business based in the US. Westlake Chemical Corporation shares (WLK) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Westlake Chemical Corporation employs 14,550 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $15.1 billion.

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Westlake Chemical Corporation stock price (NYSE: WLK)

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Westlake Chemical Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-09-25.
Latest market close$82.95
52-week range$81.29 - $140.40
50-day moving average $97.11
200-day moving average $108.35
Wall St. target price$112.41
PE ratio 3.7534
Dividend yield $1.19 (1.65%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $22.10

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Westlake Chemical Corporation price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $82.95 from 2022-09-23

1 week (2022-09-19) -10.12%
1 month (2022-08-26) -22.45%
3 months (2022-06-24) -16.72%
6 months (2022-03-25) -34.79%
1 year (2021-09-24) -5.53%
2 years (2020-09-25) 36.97%
3 years (2019-09-26) 27.65%
5 years (2017-09-25) 2.78%

Is Westlake Chemical Corporation stock undervalued or overvalued?

Valuing Westlake Chemical Corporation stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Westlake Chemical Corporation's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Westlake Chemical Corporation's P/E ratio

Westlake Chemical Corporation's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 4x. In other words, Westlake Chemical Corporation shares trade at around 4x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

Westlake Chemical Corporation's PEG ratio

Westlake Chemical Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.59. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Westlake Chemical Corporation's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Westlake Chemical Corporation's EBITDA

Westlake Chemical Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $4.9 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Westlake Chemical Corporation's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Westlake Chemical Corporation financials

Revenue TTM $15.1 billion
Operating margin TTM 26.51%
Gross profit TTM $3.5 billion
Return on assets TTM 14.26%
Return on equity TTM 33.71%
Profit margin 18.97%
Book value $73.46
Market capitalisation $10.6 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Westlake Chemical Corporation's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Westlake Chemical Corporation.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Westlake Chemical Corporation's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 43.31

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Westlake Chemical Corporation's overall score of 43.31 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 80th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Westlake Chemical Corporation is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Westlake Chemical Corporation's environmental score

Environmental score: 28.32/100

Westlake Chemical Corporation's environmental score of 28.32 puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Westlake Chemical Corporation is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Westlake Chemical Corporation's social score

Social score: 9.87/100

Westlake Chemical Corporation's social score of 9.87 puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Westlake Chemical Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Westlake Chemical Corporation's governance score

Governance score: 18.12/100

Westlake Chemical Corporation's governance score puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Westlake Chemical Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Westlake Chemical Corporation's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Westlake Chemical Corporation scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Westlake Chemical Corporation has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Westlake Chemical Corporation was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 43.31
Total ESG percentile 79.76
Environmental score 28.32
Environmental score percentile 9
Social score 9.87
Social score percentile 9
Governance score 18.12
Governance score percentile 9
Level of controversy 2

Westlake Chemical Corporation share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 5.64% of net profits

Recently Westlake Chemical Corporation has paid out, on average, around 5.64% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.65% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Westlake Chemical Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 1.65% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Westlake Chemical Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $1.19 per share.

While Westlake Chemical Corporation's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that Westlake Chemical Corporation is investing more in its future growth.

Westlake Chemical Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 5 September 2022. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 18 August 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Westlake Chemical Corporation's shares ever split?

Westlake Chemical Corporation's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 18 March 2014. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Westlake Chemical Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Westlake Chemical Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted Westlake Chemical Corporation's share price.

Westlake Chemical Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Westlake Chemical Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $81.285 up to $140.4013. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

WLK.US volatility(beta: 1.21)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Westlake Chemical Corporation's is 1.205. This would suggest that Westlake Chemical Corporation's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Westlake Chemical Corporation overview

Westlake Corporation manufactures and supplies petrochemicals, polymers, and building products worldwide. It operates through two segments, Performance and Essential Materials; and Housing and Infrastructure Products. The Performance and Essential Materials segment manufactures and markets polyethylene, styrene monomer, ethylene co-products, PVC, VCM, ethylene dichloride chlor-alkali, and chlorinated derivative products. The Housing and Infrastructure Products segment manufactures and sells residential PVC siding; PVC trim and moldings; roofing applications; decorative stone; windows; PVC decking; PVC films for various inflatables, wallcovering, tape, and roofing applications; polymer composite roof tiles; PVC pipe and fittings; PVC compounds; and various consumer and commercial products such as landscape edging; industrial, home and office matting; marine dock edging; and masonry joint controls. The company offers its products to a range of customers, including chemical processors, plastics fabricators, small construction contractors, municipalities, and supply warehouses for use in various consumer and industrial markets, including residential construction, flexible and rigid packaging, automotive products, healthcare products, water treatment, and coatings, as well as other durable and non-durable goods. The company was formerly known as Westlake Chemical Corporation and changed its name to Westlake Corporation in February 2022. The company was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

Frequently asked questions

What percentage of Westlake Chemical Corporation is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 74.382% of Westlake Chemical Corporation shares are held by insiders and 28.786% by institutions.
How many people work for Westlake Chemical Corporation?
Latest data suggests 14,550 work at Westlake Chemical Corporation.
When does the fiscal year end for Westlake Chemical Corporation?
Westlake Chemical Corporation's fiscal year ends in December.
Where is Westlake Chemical Corporation based?
Westlake Chemical Corporation's address is: 2801 Post Oak Boulevard, Houston, TX, United States, 77056
What is Westlake Chemical Corporation's ISIN number?
Westlake Chemical Corporation's international securities identification number is: US9604131022
What is Westlake Chemical Corporation's CUSIP number?
Westlake Chemical Corporation's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 960413102

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